Identify the main points and ideas and predict words from context (a) Understand that some parts of texts may be more important to overall meaning than others (b) Understand that the first sentence of a paragraph often introduces a new point or idea (c) Understand that context and their own knowledge can help predict unfamiliar words

A history of Christmas trees

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Tue, 2015-12-08 22:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Context: History

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading comprehension based on a piece of text outlining the origins of Christmas trees in the UK with accompanying questions and a descriptive writing activity.

New Year 2015 comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2015-01-01 21:05

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.8

Free tags: New Year

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

Job adverts

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Wed, 2014-10-01 10:40

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E3.4

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Gardening & Horticulture, Painting Decorating & DIY, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)


Submitted by Helen Connell on Wed, 2011-11-09 12:41

Literacy: Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Winter, Equality and Diversity, Christmas

Context: Gardening & Horticulture, History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Nice selection of winter activities written for an E3-L2 Functional Skills group (best for E3-L1).
The main activities are a reading comprehension (about the history of poinsettias and how they came to be popular at Christmas time) and a cloze exercise based on an old Mexican religious legend. There are also some maths questions.

Twilight books / films resource pack

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Thu, 2011-04-07 12:10

Literacy: Fiction, Ww/E3.1, Functional English - reading, Rs/E2.2, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Rt/E3.8, Rw/E2.2, Ws/E2.1, Functional English - writing

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Crossword, Flash cards, Quiz, Reading comprehension

Level: E2, E3

A set of resources, written for an Entry 2-3 literacy group of young adults who were ‘into’ the Twilight books and films.
The resources may also be useful in Functional English classes as they are media based and can be adapted e.g. used as the basis for letter writing to an editor or newspaper, etc.
Includes: article and related quiz/comprehension questions, crossword (including a version with arrows to help dyslexic learners), cloze exercise, plus related word lists/cards for the cloze exercise and crossword.

Frank (Bullitt)

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Tue, 2009-02-10 17:25

Literacy: Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

A simplified text based on the classic film Bullitt. Ideal for group or individual reading. Accompanied by a paragraph sequencing activity and comprehension questions. Great for film buffs of all ages!

Holiday brochure appetiser

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Thu, 2008-09-11 16:52

Literacy: Rt/E3.4, Rt/E3.5, Rt/E3.6, Rt/E3.7, Rt/E3.8, Rt/L1.3, Rt/L1.4, Rt/L1.5, Rt/L2.3, Rt/L2.6, Rt/L2.7

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Teaching idea, Warm-up

A great warm-up activity. Students work in pairs to find information in holiday brochures. Easily adapted for your own brochures. Covers scanning, organisational features, detailed reading, etc. at E3-L2.

Health and Safety reading activities

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Sat, 2008-06-21 16:53

Literacy: Rt/E1.1, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Rt/E3.9

Free tags: Humour

Context: Health and safety

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A fabulous set of differentiated reading activities for E1-E3. Order sentences to make a gruesome story, read and answer questions on manual handling (inc. graphical information), enjoy an amusing story about a health and safety inspector or a topical news report.

Caught in the Act!

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Sat, 2008-05-17 16:53

Literacy: Rs/E3.2, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4

Free tags: Humour

Level: E3

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Reading comprehension

A hilarious cloze / comprehension exercise based on a real letter to a newspaper. Great for E3 reading, prediction and word order work.

Monsters are Real - Entry 3 comprehension

Submitted by Gerry Farrell on Mon, 2008-04-07 16:53

Literacy: Fiction, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.4, Rt/E3.7, Rt/E3.8, Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Level: E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension

An exciting short story specifically written for a school PEP group (post 16, entry level programme) and designed to be fun and interesting (especially for boys) and short enough to be completed in a one hour session (although the extension dictionary/sentence exercises could go on longer). With 9 questions and extension dictionary and sentence activities.

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